If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?
Do better in gym and keep being awesome in band. Don’t give two shits about anything else. Don’t let the bastards
get you down coerce you into wanting an expensive university education. Get into BOCES, get a vocational degree, and put yourself through community college. Then, if you want to go on, you can have your pick of schools. (Because the educational stuff will always come naturally to you, if you follow the first two bits of advice. Your brain won’t fry quite as thoroughly.)
If you still end up going to Germany in the summer of 2001, stay there. Just remember to come back and get established in the U.S. in time to meet your beloved (that’s in the spring of ’08). I repeat: do not give two shits about anything but happiness. In fact, don’t even give the one shit. Greatness can wait. Greatness will be easier if you have happiness first.
tl;dr Be you. ♥